The House approved 73-18 Thursday a resolution expressing disagreement with the high court’s landmark decision legalizing same-sex marriage.
The resolution (HJR529) was sponsored by Rep. Susan Lynn, R-Old Hickory.
During the floor discussion, Lynn called the Supreme Court’s action “very dangerous,” saying the court’s decisions should not be allowed to set or change Tennessee law.
“If we let them do this today, they will do it more in the future. We need to speak up as a legislature,” she said.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart, of Nashville, said advancing legislation such as Lynn’s as well as bills pertaining to sniper rifles and skunks is distracting the chamber from focusing on more important issues. He questioned whether passage of the resolution would have any impact.
After conceding that the resolution coincided with a lawsuit filed in Williamson County that seeks to halt the issuing of marriage licenses until a court settles the matter, Lynn told Stewart, “What we’re doing here is very important.”
Note: See also Jeff Woods, who includes this statement from Tennessee Equality Project:
TEP condemns House passage of HJR529 today on the House floor. Though it has no legal force, the resolution insults the LGBT community with yet another vote on something that should not be voted on, namely, basic rights. The resolution furthermore celebrates lawsuits against local governments in our state, which will take up the time of county clerks and the resources of taxpayers. Yet, the Legislature refused an amendment by Rep. Sherry Jones, which would have required the state to pay for legal costs associated with the lawsuits. Legislative attacks on Tennessee’s LGBT community have become desperate and bizarre.